Kongsberg Digital (KDI) is pleased to announce a signed partnership agreement with the Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) based in Massachusetts USA. This is the first partner agreement signed with a maritime eLearning provider and includes the delivery of a range of K-Sim cloud-based simulation applications for NMI global online students.
In recent years, NMI has created a dynamic learning management system that delivers a wide range of courses online, reaching mariners across the globe. This comprehensive online maritime education, training, examination, and certification portal is known as Northeast Maritime Online (NEMO°). NEMO° has emerged as a leading transformative model for maritime education and training and is a strong partner for KDI’s highly respected K-Sim Connect applications, which will be utilized as embedded parts of NMI’s eLearning courses.
K-Sim Connect digital platform provides a comprehensive range of cutting-edge simulation solutions designed to enhance maritime education and training. The current product library includes engine management, cargo handling, Radar, ECDIS, and route planning simulation solutions and will soon be extended with more applications in the navigation training domain.
“Shipping is facing a significant competence and capacity gap in the years to come. Ships are becoming more complex to operate with new environmentally friendly types of fuel and more advanced instrumentation on board, and we see many experienced seafarers changing professions due to the ongoing pandemic. The need for training of crew in all vessel segments is therefore becoming increasingly important. The Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) is well respected in the industry with its wide range of subscription-based e-learning courses, which have already helped thousands of seafarers develop and improve their skills. By adding K-Sim Connect simulation applications to NMI’s online course programs, professional mariners will practice important work processes in ship handling in an engaging and realistic simulation universe. This is both cost- and time-saving for ship operators and shipping companies, as the personnel do not necessarily have to travel to a training center to improve their skills, says Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President Digital Ocean, in Kongsberg Digital.
Eric R. Dawicki, President and Chief Executive Officer at NMI commented, “Our graduates are regarded as some of the best-equipped and hardest working in the maritime industry and we are therefore proud that this partnership with Kongsberg Digital will enable us to further enhance our course programs. By adding advanced simulation, we will be able to equip our graduates with a combination of knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving, and confidence which is required to safely and efficiently operate, maintain and manage the vessels of today. “